Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD: Nursing a dinosaur: Or, "Computer on your face? Still not cool" c/o Chen, NYT

Hodges' model is a conceptual framework to support reflection and critical thinking. Situated, the model can help integrate all disciplines (academic and professional). Amid news items, are posts that illustrate the scope and application of the model. A bibliography and A4 template are provided in the sidebar. Welcome to the QUAD ...

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Nursing a dinosaur: Or, "Computer on your face? Still not cool" c/o Chen, NYT

A gifted copy of the NYT has already paid a dividend providing a post. There's another reporting the launch of Apple's $3,500 Vision Pro. 

Through Chen's tech report we learn, or are reminded that "Google, Meta, Snap, Samsung and Sony" and other companies, have been trying to create VR headsets as an experience for over the past 12 years. Familiar barriers to entry (for all) still make themselves known: physical - weight, energy - battery, purpose - getting tasks done, the graphics - 'tech', hence the market key - of cost. It is integrating these that might also be termed 'maturity' - the time is, finally right. The term has always been somewhat unfortunate but where is the killer-app?

Jurassic World: Aftermath. Credit: Coatsink

Chen's trials of VR headsets old and new includes what seems the ubiquitous dinosaur app.

I can relate to the 'dinosaur' moniker, given the veritable dinosaur represented by models of care and nursing theory; and yes that one, the dinosaur riding the bike to a new (health) career in 1977.

Apple bills this launch as the start of:

"'spatial computing,' which blends data with the physical world to make our lives better."

In a way, this oft-repeated situation can be summed up as socio-technical reality, travelling through various iterations until capability and maturity of technology come of age. 

Now it's not just hi-res graphics, it is video quality imagery. Recalling an interface in my first HTML editor, I wonder if there is an opportunity being missed?

Unpicking Apples' 'spatial computing' which in short data + physical world + lives better (purposes) tech is persistently predictable in going for the commercial jugular. Perhaps there is an intermediate step which software developers have sought to leverage over many years. 

'Data' here, means care concepts, or as the context dictates. Hodges' model as a data, information, knowledge, educational (e.g., case study) portal. 

Given a specific context what concepts might we 'find' at a,b,c and d below; and elsewhere in the model? How do we characterise the 'individual', the group? While in a virtual (and conceptual / threshold space: Hodges' model!) this might, encountered as text be a less virtiginous and tiring  experience*? Hodges' model is an ideal fit in fact - well a candidate space at least.

Consider how far, since the early 2000s and 2012 (not to mention 1991) technology (hard and soft)  has come in terms of language understanding and AI - ChatGPT. Hodges' model can leverage this in the first instance. As a template Hodges' model is a proverbial virtual lab - a potential situated corpus - also awaiting its dinosaur.

      INTERPERSONAL    :     SCIENCES               
HUMANISTIC  --------------------------------------  MECHANISTIC      

user (sector) purposes


critical thinking


model, modelling



3D - graphics


health / nurse theory

models  of care

patient/carer engagement

metric for: self care

integrated care

person-centred care

integrated care

open source/commercial apps



sustainable health care

determinants of health


Brian X. Chen, Computer on your face? Still not cool. Tech, The New York Times International Edition, January 30, 2024, p.14.

(The tech giants will battle it out.)

Jurassic World: Aftermath - https://www.nme.com/news/gaming-news/jurassic-world-aftermath-brings-vr-horror-to-the-oculus-quest-this-week-2840584

Fossilized evidence of the dinosaur - as expected from the archive:

The above is included in the fourth row of the SCIENCES collection of links at: